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Fall 2021 Ensemble audition information

We anticipate in-person ensemble experiences this fall.  Ensemble auditions for Winds/Brass/Percussion will take place at the beginning of the semester, Tues-Fri, Aug. 31 - Sept. 3, 2021, mostly in Rm. 36.
Wind/Brass/Percussion Audition Schedule (pdf) =>
Please fill out this Audition form => (Google form)
Please sign up for an audition time here => (Google sheets)
Large ensembles are Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, UMass Symphony Orchestra, & All-University Orchestra. You will have the opportunity to express your ensemble preferences on the Audition form.

See below for audition excerpts.

The UMass Amherst Bands are open to all students, subject to auditions held at the beginning of each semester, and appear in concert on campus several times a year. The Bands have represented UMass Amherst at conferences and festivals that have included Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA; the Washington, D.C. home of the Marine Band; and the Capitol Building in Boston.

Matthew Westgate, conductor    

MUSIC 568, meets MWF 10:10-11:40am. Performs major works in twentieth-century wind literature. Regularly commissions and premieres new works and has recorded the wind music of David Maslanka and Charles Bestor on the Albany and Centaur CD labels. Recently invited to perform at Music Educators National Conference and College Band Directors conferences in Connecticut, New Jersey and the Washington D.C. home of the U.S. Marine Band.

Matthew Westgate, conductor 
MUSIC 567, meets MWF 2:30-4:10pm. Performs a wide range of wind literature, including works by composers such as Persichetti, Benson, Woolfenden, Holst, Grainger and Ticheli. Features guest soloists and conductors and has performed at MENC and CBDNA Eastern Division Conventions.

Timothy T. Anderson, director 
MUSIC 569. The Concert Band meets and performs in both the fall and spring semesters (one concert each semester) and features a wide variety of standard band literature. The University Community is particularly encouraged to join - everyone is welcome.

The UMass Concert Band is open all Five College students, with audition.  The only audition is part assignment.  The group gives one concert per semester.  Concert Band meets in the George Parks Marching Band Building.  Rehearsals during fall semesters are Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 9:30 pm.  Spring semester rehearsals are 4:40 - 6:10 pm, Tuesday and Thursday.  Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Anderson and graduate students.

Audition material for chair placement for Fall 2021:
Piccolo  Flute  Oboe  Clarinet in Bb  Bass Clarinet  Bassoon  Alto Sax  Tenor Sax  Baritone Sax  Horn in F  Trumpet in Bb  Trombone  Euphonium TC  Euphonium BC  Tuba
Anyone who will be participating in Concert Band this Fall is asked to fill out this form, so we know what everyone will be playing:

Timothy T. Anderson, director
One of the finest university marching bands in the Northeast, this 300-member ensemble performs at home and away football games and makes many guest appearances throughout the region and nationally. Website »

Provides musical excitement and spirit at home basketball games and post-season tournaments. Open to students from the entire University Community. Website »

WIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION - For Fall 2021 excerpts, see below or contact your applied teacher!

Placement Audition Excerpts, Fall 2021
For Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Symphony Orchestra

Flute: Instructions  Scheherazade   HarryPotter   BachMass
Bass Clarinet
Saxophone: Music  Technique Chart   Technique Packet

Horn   alternate etude (Prepare Barboteu, Gallay [Tempo I, not #6] or both)
Tenor & Bass Trombone
Cycle 5 Naxos Links Delecluse Gershwin Holst Ravel Rimsky-K StSaens Shostakovich Stravinsky Tchaikovsky

If you have questions about any of these audition excerpts or instructions, please contact the studio teacher (see below).

Any questions, please contact the studio teacher directly:
Prof. du Toit (Flute)
Prof. Cohen (Oboe)
Prof. de Guise-Langlois (Clarinet)
Prof. Hulting-Cohen (Saxophone)
Prof. Taghavi (Bassoon)
Prof. Berlin (Trumpet)
Prof. Michal (Horn)
Prof. Spiridopoulos (Trombone)
Prof. Bottomley (Tuba/Euphonium)
Prof. Kataoka (Percussion)